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English Dictionary: etymology by the DICT Development Group
2 results for etymology
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. a history of a word
  2. the study of the sources and development of words
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Etymology \Et`y*mol"o*gy\ (-j[ycr]), n.; pl. {Etymologies}
      (-j[icr]z). [L. etymologia, Gr. 'etymologi`a; 'e`tymon etymon
      + lo`gos discourse, description: cf. F. [82]tymologie. See
      {Etymon}, and {-logy}.]
      1. That branch of philological science which treats of the
            history of words, tracing out their origin, primitive
            significance, and changes of form and meaning.
      2. That part of grammar which relates to the changes in the
            form of the words in a language; inflection.
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